4.24.2014

A NURSERY FOR MY SISTER

I am seriously so excited!! My sister is expecting her first little baby in July, a little girl actually. And I was so beyond thrilled when she told me she wanted to put a Claude Monet print in her nursery. Then when she showed me which one I just about died!!!!

I put together a little preliminary inspiration board for her over on CupcakeMAG today. It's a little different for me but I think it totally feels like my sister. Sophisticated and classy with just the perfect amount of feminine and trendy. I can't wait to refine and work through this design with her. And guess what... it is all being done over the internet! E-Design my friends... it's amazing!!!


Check out all the details HERE!

4.22.2014

CLASSY AND FABULOUS // JUST A LITTLE STEP OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE


I had a hard time leaving the house in this outfit. It was completely out of my comfort zone for a number of reasons. But I forced myself to do it because I wanted to try the denim on denim thing and THOSE SHOES! I had to try it at least once I told myself. It's good to step out of your comfort zone once in awhile right? That's what I always tell myself. If you never step out of your comfort zone you'll never be able to expand your comfort zone. If you never expand your comfort zone you won't be able to search for and figure out your own personal style. 

So I stepped out... I have always steered away from anything animal print. Like I've always refused to wear it actually. But when I found these shoes I couldn't help it. They did sit in my closet for a full week though before I wore them. I think I've had a change of heart though... cause let's be honest. They're pretty amazing right? And the denim on denim thing... Yeah I would totally rock this look again. (Although I think I'm going to iron out the edge of that chambray shirt... its driving me nuts!)

tee: the oxford trunk // chambray: hm (old) // pants: hm (old) // shoes: hm // tassel necklace: shop arroyo // crescent necklace: christina nicole // gold bar necklace: gage huntley

It is probably because of the fabulous tassel necklace... or the shoes... or the perfectly over-sized shirt I paired with it. Really, there isn't anything like a good over-sized tee!

EASTER SHENANIGANS

I was so excited this year for Easter. The kids are finally old enough to kind of understand the whole holiday... the meaning behind it and the hunting eggs thing. Then Jonathan up and decided to travel for work over the holiday so we took off to spend the holiday with our family back in Jersey. Best decision ever. Let me tell you what grandmas sure know how to spoil their grand kids!!


Dying eggs with two toddlers was scary so we decided to try a little idea we found on Pinterest. Food color and a little water mixed with baking soda, painted on the eggs, the finished off with some vinegar for a full bubbly effect the kids loved. It was significantly less messy, the colors weren't the most vibrant ever, but it did work!


Every time either one of them found an egg it was like the biggest surprise in the world. I loved it!


I bribed them with a "special surprise" to stand still for about a minute so I could get a picture. Probably the best dum dum I ever gave them!


The tutu Mikah got in her Easter basket from my grandmother is the same tutu she had a serious melt down over Thursday. It was actually a bit ridiculous. She has a serious thing for tutus. She took off the one she had on, and her shoes, and her necklaces. Then she pointed at the pink tutu and kept saying "I want dat! I want dat!" When she couldn't have it she ended up throwing the biiiiggggest fit! I should have gotten a picture...
 

Christopher tried to whistle. He stuck one finger in his mouth and blew. It was stinkin hilarious!


Until next year Easter...

4.10.2014

BRIGHTLY COLORED SOFA ANYONE? // CUPCAKEMAG

You know you want an orange sofa in your living room... or yellow... or blue! Ooh a blue... gosh how gorgeous! (I just love color...) More thoughts on color and how to incorporate it into a space over on CupcakeMAG today! Plus... a fabulous inspiration board that may or may not include an orange sofa (I couldn't help it!)


4.08.2014

CLASSY AND FABULOUS // A THING FOR FLORAL

Do you remember that time in the 90's and early 2000's when parachute pants were like the biggest thing ever? And those little shirts that barely covered your stomach... they hit right at your waist line so if you raised your hands up at all your whole stomach would show basically? Well let's be real... I was totally into it! I had a pair of orange, and red, and green parachute pants. My favorite store was PacSun, and I despised anything feminine. I wore rubber bands on my wrist, flip flops and skate shoes year round, and t-shirts and skirts to church. My hair was almost always in a pony tail and... well... lace and floral were something I avoided like the plague.

skirt: urban outfitters // shirt: hm // duster: the oxford trunk // necklace: st. eve jewelry // rings: st. eve jewelry, owl tree boutique, christina nicole

Times have changed a bit (I wear skirts when it isn't even time for church! What?!) and I've learned that there is nothing wrong with being feminine. In fact... there is nothing like wearing a perfectly feminine outfit. The type of outfit that makes you feel fabulous and girly yet comfortable and modest. Seriously... those are the types of outfits that every girl needs to experience and have on the back burner for those sudden date nights with that special someone. Trust me... you won't regret it!

And now I want to see how you like to wear floral! It's that time of month my friends for What She Wears... come show us what your favorite floral look is and join me, Brandi, Rebecca, Meagan, and Jalynn!


4.04.2014

WHAT YOU BRING TO IT // APRILS GOAL

My thoughts lately have been on being happy. Not simple happiness like the happiness that comes from getting a package in the mail or from eating a delicious dessert. I'm talking about the kind of true happiness that is lasting. The kind of happiness that helps you get through the rough days and the hard times. You know what I'm talking about right?

What makes us that kind of happy? What are the things in life that help us to be able to reach that level of happiness? I've come around finally I think to an idea... it is not a thing or place. It is an attitude. It is a choice we have to make with in ourselves. It how we handle situations. It is the decisions we make. It is what we bring to the world. We chose to be happy or not through the simple decisions in our lives. 

I've made decisions in life that did not bring lasting happiness... but I've also made loads of decisions that have brought more happiness than I could have ever dreamed of! (Like the decision to have children... not always moment to moment happiness but by far the best kind of lasting happiness I could have ever asked for.) One of the simplest ways though I really believe will bring us lasting happiness is by deciding to give of ourselves. Which is what I want to focus on this month... becoming happy by not focusing on what I'm going to get but what I'm going to give.

print HERE

Once again my amazing friend Caley has created a simple printable that is sure to match any decor and is ridiculously easy to print out and throw in a frame, tape up with some fun washi, or just stick on your fridge so help remind us... its about what we can give... not what we're going to get!

4.03.2014

PILLOW TALK // CUPCAKEMAG

Decorative pillows are one of the easiest ways to spice up a room and lately I've had a serious crush on floral pillows. I think I might need to find some to help bring in the spring season this year... and I've shared all my favorites over on CupcakeMAG today!!


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